Lamar Odom is back!

Great to see Lamar driving down the lane and finishing on breaks again for the Lakers. Soon it will be time that we can really judge these Lakers. Hosting Minnesota at Staples Center, the Lakers executed well on offense.

The Lakers had 28 assists as a team, behind 16 from our starting backcourt. The pick-and-roll was executed to perfection. It looked like Chris Paul to Peja! The Lakers also had 3 players with double-doubles (Bynum, Lamar, Mihm). It was pretty much a great game overall and a fun one to watch. The Lakers had many nice plays, but the T-Wolves hung in there for most of the game.

The Lakers defense held them to 39% FGs. One thing I would like to see the Lakers decrease is their turnovers of 18. Now, the bests of the night, and once again—this will be a tough choice:

Top 3 Laker performers:

1) Kobe Bryant did it again. 30 points on 19 shots, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals. I guess the only thing you can say about Kobe is he turned the ball over too much.

2) Lamar Odom had a big impact for this Laker team. When he checked out of the ball game, the Lakers struggled a bit. When he returned, it seemed all was well as the Lakers broke it open. 18 points, and 10 boards—get used to those numbers.

3) Andrew Bynum gets on my top 3 so much that I am going to let Chris Mihm make it. Mihm recorded a double-double and added 2 blocks. He finally looked like a starting center. Hope he can keep it up, because Bynum is looking better and better every game!

Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Cook was able to avoid his fourth consecutive STD. Why? Because he did not play. Instead, Luke gets the honors with his 1-6 shooting and 6 turnovers. I think ouch is the right word.

Key play of the game: Farmar’s wrap around pass to Bynum for the dunk. I feel like I have said this play several times, but it looks great every time they do it! What to look for next game: Look for a loss most likely. The Spurs are for real and are always tough at home. But we did win there last year, can we do it again? Also, look for another DNP for Cook?

Game is Tues. night @ 5:30 PM.

  • magicbalala245

    yes i agree a game that played to its perfection but how can you say mostly likely a lost to spurs i have a feeling that lakers not only win but win big

  • steve

    I think Luke may need time to adjust to playing with the second unit..Phill did mention that he took a couple of risks..Turnovers..Against a better team will cost us the game so that has to be adressed..Im lookig forward to seeing Odom against DENG and PIERCE

  • AnthonY MusiQ

    I really enjoyed this game and once again I have to say thanx to my main man SILO for allowing us to view the game!! Much love bro… I think we will beat the Spurs and the Rockets… look for a close game against the Rockets though due to the back to back! 5-2

  • BEC

    We seem to be progressing very well. Its too early to really know what this team can do though, after 25-30 games we should get a really good idea on where this team stands.
    Spurs are a tough team, but we have a long weekend rest, and if Kwame plays, I think we got a good shot at winning. I wouldnt say we’re favored to win, but we can beat them.

    Note: to the post-game writers at TLN, if you guys could elaborate exactly on how the Lakers played such as the offensive game, how was ball movement? execution? running game? good shots taken? also the defensive game how was the rotation? close-outs? pick-roll defense? premeter defense? fast-break defense? Key subs that made impacts? Hustle plays? Anything that doesnt come up in the box score.
    Nice write-up but most of what seems to be written is just another form of the box score. I didnt get a chance to watch the game, so it would be nice to know more than what the box score and highlights say.


    how come?!?!?1
    we’ll beat the spurs and the rockets!!
    we play well against the spurs, last season was a proof of that..

  • drake hunter

    LO, your the man, and seeing how great you played last night and how well Andrew is playing, makes me want to trade for JO right now and put KOBE, LO, and JO against the big three in Boston. Maybe some of you won’t agree, but now is the perfect time to trade Bynum since he’s playing so well. He might be “GREAT” in 5 years but for now, he’s playing well enough that his value is going up for trade talk. JO will be “Perfect” for us playing with Kobe and LO and now that Indy lost two in a row, last night to “Bobcats”!!!…their gonna look to move JO soon. “Bynum, Kwame, Cook, Crittenton, Vujacic, and 1st rounder for JO & Murphy. We won’t break a sweat losing those 5 guys and the potential that Bynum and especially Crittenton have, I don’t know why Indy wouldn’t do it. Imagine our lineup:

    pg – Fisher
    sg – Bryant
    sf – Odom
    pf – O’Neal
    C – Mihm

    pg – Farmar
    sg – Evans
    sf – Walton
    pf – Radmanovic / Turiaf
    C – Murphy / Turiaf

    This team will go all the way. We got rid of the cancers on the team in Parker last year, so now we get rid of the others in Kwame and Cookie. Vujacic is also useless to me. Do this now and we’ll take Boston on in the NBA Finals. GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!

  • two0one7

    How can you be a laker fan and say we’re most likely going to lose the spurs? I never go into a game thinking we’ll lose. Just not my mindset.

  • Lonestar848

    1. Glad to see Cookie not playing
    2. The Lakers didn’t play to perfection…or at least I hope they didn’t. Minny is the worst team in the nba. Not to harp, but too many careless passes.
    3. I hope we can keep feeding Bynum in deep and he continues to attack. Can’t wait for those power dunks, I know he’s capable.
    4. I love how there isn’t a drop off when Kobe comes out. I remember a huge drop off whenever Kobe left the game. Walton/Bynum/Farmar on our bench is a dangerous combo.
    5. I can’t wait to see Lamar go against all the other small forwards. We will have so many mismatches. He is so versatile.

    Go lakers!

  • DCLaker

    First off we don’t trade Bynum,not now.Only if starts to slide reeeeaaaalll hard then pull the trigger.Right now he is growing into a real surprise(at least to me anyway).He seems to have big chip on his shoulders,thanx to those Kobe comments on video(I still say it was a setup for him to play harder).I would wait ’til next season then O’neal will opt out and become a Laker(sorry NJ you’ll forever be contenders and that’s it).

  • r3dempti0n

    [Comment ID #16764 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I REALLY doubt that Kobe would do that. I think his motives were right with what everyone thought.

  • fatty

    Fatty Discontinue’s Prediction Contest

    Sorry to do this, but working with TLN Staff has become increasingly hard, if not nearly impossible for me.

    I really enjoyed putting together the Previews and Contest, but feel TLN has given me very little choice but to do this.

    My last four Previews and Results have been extremely hard to get staff here to even post. I’ve worked very hard to be timely and thorough. Then submitting them at 5-7 in the AM and waiting for hours, some of them have made it to the site 6-8 hrs later, and only after several emails to remind them to do their job. One prediction article was refused because it was considered unacceptable. Only after repeatedly insisting, was it finally posted.
    Further, emails and messages are rarely returned. Making a committment to TLN has been a one sided affair. I always tried to keep my word in such matters and take it very seriously, I wish a similar effort would have been recipricated from TLN.

  • Jrich

    To the guy that wrote this article, how dare you say “Look for a loss most likely to the spurs.” Why are you being negative? Don’t you ever talk like that about my team ese

  • steve

    Fatty and TLN…Is that it?..What a shame…I spend alot of time on the net and this site is by far the best of the lot..Hoopsworld Realgm and hoopshype have lost the plot..If thats the case thank you Fatty for the time and imput into the site..keep posting and i really hope this can be sorted out ..cheers

  • nate

    [Comment ID #16771 Will Be Quoted Here]

    fatty sorry for all the issues that are coming up. hopefully they can be resolved, but if you decide to leave thanks for all your fun articles and intelligent posts that you’ve contributed to this site.

    and WTF? ‘Look for a loss most likely.’ last season we beat the Spurs twice and lost by a very close margin. this season we’re much better. as a fan i never go into a game thinking we’re beat and get surprised if we win. no fan should think this way imo

  • two0one7

    Thats too bad, Fatty. I really enjoyed your articles on here, particularly your game previews.

  • two0one7

    Thats too bad, Fatty. I really enjoyed your articles on here, particularly your game previews.

  • mplakers

    hey what the hell man…put fatty back on put fatty back on…his contest was the best original idea on this freaking site…everything else is reposted through other sites…fatty’s contest could be your trademark u weenies…lol

  • steve


  • Ignard

    Why do you guys keep trying to trade away Brian Cook? This guy is awesome and along with Kwame, Sasha and Chris Mihm will be the TRUE future of the Lakers. You’ll see championships are a comin’


  • Lonestar848

    [Comment ID #16786 Will Be Quoted Here]

    To put those players as the future of the Lakers, you must be a Phoenix Suns fan. Outside of being able to hit an uncontested setshot, what else does Cook bring to the table?

    And to Fatty, your contribution to TLN was much appreciated. Original, witty…you opened discussion. Your articles will be missed. Are we still allowed to do a Smush of the day?

  • Steve Avery

    [Comment ID #16755 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately I missed the entire first half because I am in San Fran for the USC game this weekend. So this one was more of a summary of the box scores. I would like to talk about everything you mentioned, however, it would be one long article. I’m not sure if most TLN readers want to read all that. If more people want me to focus on special things some games, I have no problem doing so.

  • Steve Avery

    [Comment ID #16773 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I’m trying to be realistic. The Spurs are in my mind the best team in the NBA. They are also at home. All I am saying is the odds are in their favor. Of course the Lakers can win, and I hope they do…

    If I knew it was an automatic loss I wouldn’t even watch. When we play well, we are as good as any team as we saw vs the Suns. All I am saying is, it will be a tough game, and the odds are against us. Hence, “look for a loss”. If we win, even more reason to party.

  • Steve Avery

    [Comment ID #16791 Will Be Quoted Here]

    My articles will still be put up. Fatty and I are separate people. So the Smush of the Day will live on.

    And once again, I apologize to any fan I upset with my preview of the next game.

  • mplakers

    Nov 10th, 2007 at 8:30 pm
    hey what the hell man…put fatty back on put fatty back on…his contest was the best original idea on this freaking site…everything else is reposted through other sites…fatty’s contest could be your trademark u weenies…lol

    18 steve
    Nov 10th, 2007 at 10:14 pm